Study Hebrew in Israel

The Ruth Nessel Gollan Memorial Fund offers scholarship awards to undergraduates for the study of Hebrew in Israel each spring. >more

Undergraduate Israel Travel Grants

This Frances Taylor Eizenstat '65 Undergraduate Travel Grant Program offers competitive grants of $2500 each, awarded to undergraduates from any Brandeis department pursuing academic or career interests in Israel. >more


The Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies program is an interdisciplinary curriculum. >Learn more 

Hebrew Language

Hebrew Language and Literature Track

Hebrew placement exam


“It was a privilege to study with experts in their fields and to learn a variety of methodologies for scientific research in multiple areas of Judaic studies. I am grateful to my Brandeis professors and the NEJS department.”

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Undergraduate Program

Professor ChaeRan Freeze

Professor ChaeRan Freeze

Undergraduate students are welcome to study in the department as majors, as minors, or simply to take individual courses.

The Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (NEJS) is home to a strong and diverse international faculty whose members research the Bible and ancient Near East, the modern Middle East, Jewish civilization from its beginnings through historical and contemporary times, Israel studies, Rabbinic Judaism, Christianity and Islam.  Our classes are taught on many levels, in disciplines including textual and literary studies, history, social sciences, intellectual history and philosophy, religion and the arts.